CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Severe hidden dangers may be inside your home, which you may find unexpectedly during a home repair.
It was up on a roof where Jessie “Bud” Cammer nearly lost his life this summer.
“You have no memory of backing into that line?”
“Nope,” Bud said.
Bud was hired to put a reflective coating on a roof; he was using a mop type movement, slowly backing up as he worked his way from end to end. What he didn’t expect was a Duke Power line running right over the roof, just 6 feet up, packed with 7500 volts.
Bud says, “They said that anyone who receives that kind of voltage either stops their heart, gives them permanent brain damage or kills them.”
In a legal complaint, Bud alleges that Duke was negligent, saying they allowed “the conductor to have less than 12.5 feet of clearance from the roof”, which his lawyers claim violates the National Electrical Safety Code.
The suit further alleges Duke knew for 30 years that the power line was “only approximately 6 feet from the top of the roof”.
Pole markers have dates of service putting Duke people at the scene, people the suit claims should have noticed.
In a statement to NBC Charlotte, Duke says they’re aware of what happened but can’t comment because of pending legal action.
Power lines are just one danger at home, the top three include power tool injuries, which usually require stitches, people falling off ladders and yard work injuries, usually mower mishaps to your eyes and toes.
Bud’s injuries are severe; the electric current arced from the line to his head and left his foot, and a hole where he was standing. It broke his back in four places and he lost three toes.
He spent more than a month in the hospital and is currently confined to this body cast. He’s alive to tell you the dangers of electricity and power lines saying, “I wouldn’t wish this on anyone, it can kill you. Fortunately it didn’t kill me, but it did enough!”
Bud’s alive, but likely won’t ever work again.